I know Ronaldo Vieira was injured yesterday but he hasn’t been for every other game this season and we have seen the middle of the park deteriorate in recent games without change, and it’s time Vieira was brought back in. My fear is that Christiansen simply doesn’t rate him as much as we do.
It’s very rare I will write an article based upon my wish for a player to get games but this has gone beyond where any of us thought it would. He was left out of the squad for the trip to Bolton Wanderers on opening day but we thought that was so he could recover from a gruelling summer that saw him have no break whatsoever. He then came on the following week at home to Preston and helped us get hold of the game, before being dropped from the squad for the Fulham game. Since then he had 20 minutes at Cardiff when we were 3-0 down and has been in and out of the squad, never mind the team.
Christiansen has said he is injured and he did pull out of the England squad but I think there is more to the situation than that. He hasn’t been injured all season and he hasn’t had a sniff in the league games despite the convincing performances in the League club, two against lower league opposition yes but one also against Burnley’s full strength side. He is our best young footballer at the club and arguably to come through the youth system since the Premier League days (potentially). His controlled aggression and ability on the ball is such an asset in games, especially physical ones…like the ones we have been steamrolled in recently.
Sheffield Wednesday was the worst performance we have seen in a long time and it was obvious the central pairing of O’Kane and Phillips was failing miserably but Christiansen did absolutely nothing. It was the first time I have questioned the new head-coach and he continued to do nothing and let the pair chase shadows until the last kick, one of which had cracked ribs. He then played them both again yesterday and yet again the midfield were dominated, for the fourth time in five games, this wasn’t a one-off. Ronaldo Vieira wouldn’t allow that to happen to the Leeds midfield, whether he had a bad game or not, he wouldn’t let us be bullied, he needs to be involved in this team.